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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell hits a 3-point shot during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell hits a 3-point shot during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)

A little over three years ago, Sean Marks was officially introduced as the general manager of the Brooklyn Nets, and three months later Kenny Atkinson was named as the coach of the rebuilding project.

Two painful seasons followed, but in Year 3, the Nets are in the playoff picture in a crowded Eastern Conference race.

Brooklyn resumes its playoff push Thursday night when it hosts the Portland Trail Blazers, who are starting a season-high seven-game road trip.

At 30-29, the Nets headed into the All-Star break with a winning record for the first time since the 2012-13 season. When they last reached the playoffs in 2014-15, the Nets held a 21-31 record at the break and finished at 38-44. >> Read More

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New York Knicks forward Noah Vonleh drives to the basket against Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins and forward Al-Farouq Aminu during the first quarter at the Moda Center. (Steve Dykes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Noah Vonleh drives to the basket against Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins and forward Al-Farouq Aminu during the first quarter at the Moda Center. (Steve Dykes/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks followed their road win against the Los Angeles Lakers with a 111-101 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1. Since their 8-16 start, the Knicks have lost 14 of their last 16 games and have the third-worst record in the league. They snapped their eight-game winning streak on Friday at Staples Center.

2. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored just five points on 2-of-12 shooting, while New York was outshot 47.1 percent to 40.4 percent. Enes Kanter scored 18 points and brought down 14 rebounds off the bench.

Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Portland Trail Blazers, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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The Knicks beat the Lakers and now look to string two in a row as they take on the Trail Blazers.

Having just played two tough games against Western Conference contenders Oklahoma City and Houston, the Trail Blazers would seem to be stepping down in competition Monday night when they play host to the New York Knicks in Portland.

That's not the way the Blazers say they are looking at it, however.

"We won't overlook (the Knicks)," Portland point guard Damian Lillard said. "We're not one of those teams that can afford to do that. We have to be a certain way mentally. We have to play a certain way on the floor to win games."

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Michelle Yu reports on the Knicks' lazy effort in their loss to Portland despite the presence of a returning Kristaps Porzingis.

Damian Lillard scored 32 points and the Portland Trail Blazers wrapped up a strong five-game road trip with their third straight victory, beating the New York Knicks 103-91 on Monday night.

Pat Connaughton added 17 for the Trail Blazers, who also won at Memphis, Brooklyn and Washington while losing only in Philadelphia. They needed to come from 17 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Wizards last time out but were in charge of this one most of the way.

Kristaps Porzingis returned from a one-game absence and scored 22 points, but the Knicks were without starting center Enes Kanter for a third straight game because of back spasms. They lost all three, falling back to .500 at 10-10.

Tags: Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Portland Trail Blazers, Willy Hernangomez
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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks lose 00:02:07
Michelle Yu reports on the Knicks' lazy effort in their loss to Portland despite the presence of a returning Kristaps Porzingis.

Damian Lillard scored 32 points and the Portland Trail Blazers wrapped up a strong five-game road trip with their third straight victory, beating the New York Knicks 103-91 on Monday night.

Pat Connaughton added 17 for the Trail Blazers, who also won at Memphis, Brooklyn and Washington while losing only in Philadelphia. They needed to come from 17 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Wizards last time out but were in charge of this one most of the way.

Kristaps Porzingis returned from a one-game absence and scored 22 points, but the Knicks were without starting center Enes Kanter for a third straight game because of back spasms. They lost all three, falling back to .500 at 10-10.

Tags: Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Portland Trail Blazers, Willy Hernangomez
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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah shouts from the bench in the fourth quarter against Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah shouts from the bench in the fourth quarter against Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forwards Joakim Noah and Kristaps Porzingis will be active, while forward Enes Kanter will be inactive for Monday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters before the game.

Noah will make his season debut Monday after missing the first 12 games of the season due to a suspension stemming from last season and being a healthy scratch for the Knicks' seven other games.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots on a technical during the fourth quarter against the LA Clippers at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots on a technical during the fourth quarter against the LA Clippers at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Knicks are a starkly different team at home, and their last two road games highlighted the disparities.

After two road losses, the Knicks return home to oppose the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson forces a turnover as Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard drives to the basket during the second half at the Moda Center. (Troy Wayrynen/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson forces a turnover as Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard drives to the basket during the second half at the Moda Center. (Troy Wayrynen/USA TODAY Sports)

For various reasons, the Portland Trail Blazers and Brooklyn Nets were doomed by one bad quarter Wednesday.

In Philadelphia, Portland could never recover after an extremely slow start. In Cleveland, Brooklyn could not prevent LeBron James from taking over down the stretch.

The Trail Blazers and Nets will try to rebound from those tough stretches Friday afternoon when they get together at Barclays Center.

 

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Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum (3) and guard Damian Lillard (0) talk during a break in the action against the Golden State Warriors in the second half of game four of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center. (Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports)
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum (3) and guard Damian Lillard (0) talk during a break in the action against the Golden State Warriors in the second half of game four of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center. (Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports)

It has been reported that Carmelo Anthony no longer wants to play for the Knicks, and the Blazers believe the All-Star forward could play for them next season

Portland, which was supposed to act as a third or fourth team in a potential deal involving the Knicks and Rockets, now could possibly land Anthony, according to Trail Blazers guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum

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As much as the thought of Damian LillardC.J. McCollum, and Carmelo Anthony may sound enticing for the Blazers, it's hard to imagine a deal working out for a couple reasons. 

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis defends Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis defends Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

While Kristaps Porzingis may benefit from playing alongside a bonafide star in Carmelo Anthony, the 21-year-old New York Knicks forward is further able to stand out on the court when he's playing with some of the team's role players off the bench.

 

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Portland Trail Blazers, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures after a three point basket during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures after a three point basket during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The New York Knicks will attempt to achieve something they accomplished only six times last season when they host the Portland Trail Blazers Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks (6-7) will seek to get to .500, a mark they weren't able to reach after January 20 last season when they finished 32-50.

New York has won three of its last four games and is coming off an impressive 104-94 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday in which forward Carmelo Anthony poured in a season-high 31 points. With the many additions, including a new backcourt of Derrick Rose and Courtney Lee and center Joakim Noah, Anthony remains the centerpiece of the team.

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Nov 4, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) drives to the basket against Charlotte Hornets guard Marco Belinelli (21) in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Hornets win 99-95. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 4, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) drives to the basket against Charlotte Hornets guard Marco Belinelli (21) in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Hornets win 99-95. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- In the last week, the Brooklyn Nets have faced two elite point guards in the Western Conference.

Their meetings with Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City and Chris Paul in Los Angeles did not go well.

On Sunday, the Nets return home and face another top point guard when they host Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Tony Brown in first half against the Charlotte Hornets at Barclays Center. (William Hauser)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Tony Brown in first half against the Charlotte Hornets at Barclays Center. (William Hauser)

After splitting their last four at home, the Nets embark on a season-high nine-game trip that runs through March 11. They've dropped six straight on road, are 4-19 as the visitor this season and have lost 16 of 19 in Portland.

The Nets will likely need a proficient offensive performance to end those struggles, as they've lost 21 straight when scoring under 100 points since a 94-91 win over Phoenix on Dec. 1. That streak was extended with Sunday's 104-96 defeat to Charlotte.

Brooklyn was able to trim a 15-point deficit to four with 4:42 left before the Hornets used a 9-0 run to pull away.

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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard drives around Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard drives around Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)

Damian Lillard had 33 points and 10 assists, reserve Allen Crabbe added 19 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets 116-104 on Friday night for their third straight victory.

Portland trailed 92-86 with 8:41 left in the fourth quarter after a pull-up jumper by Andrea Bargnani, but backup center Ed Davis and Lillard combined for 16 points during a 19-2 run that gave the Blazers a 105-94 lead with 4:26 remaining.

Brook Lopez scored 25 points for the Nets, who have lost 11 of their last 12 their last 12 games at Barclays Center. Point guard Donald Sloan came up just short of his first career triple-double, scoring 15 points with nine rebounds and nine assists. >> Read more…

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Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic shoots the ball as Detroit Pistons forward Anthony Tolliver defends during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Raj Mehta/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic shoots the ball as Detroit Pistons forward Anthony Tolliver defends during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Raj Mehta/USATSI)

The Brooklyn Nets look to win back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 8-10 when they host the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday at Barclays Center.

According to STATS...

  • The Trail Blazers have won three of their last four games against the Nets. This is the first meetings between the teams in 2015-16.
  • Portland has made at least five three-pointers in all 41 of its games in 2015-16. This is the longest such streak from the start of a season in franchise history.
  • Brooklyn' 110-104 win over the Knicks on Wednesday snapped its five-game skid. The Nets shot 52.3 percent in the victory, improving to 4-1 on the season when they make 50+ percent of their shot attempts.
  • C.J. McCollum has scored 15 or more points in 20 straight games. That is the second-longest active streak in the NBA (Kevin Durant, OKC, 25).
  • Brook Lopez has had at least one blocked shot in 14 straight games. That is tied with DeAndre Jordan for the second-longest active streak in the NBA (Pau Gasol, Chi, 15).
  • Bojan Bogdanovic has made his last 21 free-throw attempts. That is tied with Evan Fournier for the fourth-longest active streak in the league.
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The Nets (26-29) fell to the Trail Blazers (40-18) Wednesday night by a final score of 124-80.

The Least You Should Know

[sny-box]The Nets may have had their ugliest half of the season, as they managed just 34 points on 13-of-39 (33%) shooting before halftime, including 1-of-12 from deep.

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Starters
.....Brooklyn Nets ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ??Portland Trail Blazers
1Deron WilliamsDamian Lillard
2Shaun LivingstonWesley Matthews
3Joe JohnsonNicolas Batum
4Paul PierceDorell Wright
5Kevin GarnettRobin Lopez
The Good: Portland is a little banged up, with All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge out tonight, and reserves Thomas Robinson, Joel Freeland, and Meyers Leonard out as well...The Nets have a winning record against Western Conference opponents this season.

The Bad: The Nets are 22-55 against the Trail Blazers in their franchise history, including 6-32 on the road in Portland all-time...Brooklyn is 10-17 on the road this season...The Blazers are 21-7 at home at the Moda Center in Portland this season.

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Tonight, the Nets continue their west coast road trip as they head to Portland to face the Trail Blazers, who have emerged as one of the better teams in NBA this season. The Blazers enter tonight fifth in the West at 39-18.

It will be the second and final meeting between the two teams, with Brooklyn looking to earn a season split after the Blazers won in Brooklyn back in November. The Nets are just 6-32 at Portland all-time, but they won their previous game there last March.

The Blazers are led offensively by LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard, who are eighth and 13th in the NBA, respectively, in points per game. Both average over 21 PPG, and Portland is the only team in the NBA with two scorers among the top 15.

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